A Tick On The Head Of Blogging

I have been blogging for a very short time, only five months, and I have spoken before about the brilliant community that it has opened up to me.In the last five months through my blog and through Twitter I have connected with a lot of people that I am extremely glad to have ‘met’. The support, encouragement, ideas, chats and laughs are all things that I never, ever expected to gain from just posting my thoughts and feelings every now and again....more


I had a couple of thought-provoking conversations on Twitter today, which was good, because just the presence of the NaBloPoMo widget in my sidebar made me lock up entirely, a frozen ball of writer's block. (The first day's prompt did me no good, either. "What do you like best about writing" sounds perilously close to "What I did on my summer vacation". But I digress)....more

Is Access to Healthy Food a Basic Human Right?

Is access to healthy food a basic human right? That's the question being asked by California Governor Jerry Brown....more

Can you name an unsung hero in your life? Or can you be one?

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” ~ Albert Camus...more

When A Mother Loses A Child

The unimaginable happens. A mother loses a child. This happened just now. To Anna See who blogs at An Inch of Gray. And because we are all so connected, by our stories and our words and our electronics and our RSS feeds and Tweets, the news goes around like an electric shock, touching not only those who knew her, her family, her writing, but also spinning out to so many of those who didn't. ...more
@seaafox @joyfulchallenge Just acknowledging that you remember her child and are thinking of ...more

6 Ways to Really Get to Know Your Town… Whether You’re New to It or Not

When relocating, adjusting to living in your new home, let alone a new city, takes longer than expected! When Randy and I were in the process of our move from out-of-state, friends who had experience in this arena advised us to be patient; we were told that to even start to feel settled and make new friends takes a solid two years. I remember doubting their long estimate at the time. But two years in, I kept telling others we had moved “just last year” - because it seemed we had barely arrived - before realizing how much time had actually passed!...more

Soapbox Alert!

Randy and I live on the lake. There, I said it. I usually avoid divulging this fact if at all possible. As a native and resident of Phoenix's "Avenues" (on the west side of town) for most of my life, since relocating I have cringed at the thought that if I mention my neighborhood to a local I may sound like some of the East Side Phoenicians who are all too quick to provide “I live in Scottsdale,” followed by a meaningful pause for dramatic effect. Truth be told, Randy and I purchased this small house, built in 1947, for less than we could have a Phoenix condo three years ago....more

Special Needs Community Outrage: Where are the Marissa's Bunny iPads?

I spent yesterday morning at a local university, participating in an autism study. Part of the study was an interview about my experience as an autism parent -- including whether there were any benefits to my son Leo's autism diagnosis. "Absolutely," was my immediate reply, "We have become part of an amazing community -- full of people who support, understand, and trust each other unreservedly." But what happens when someone in our special needs parenting community abuses that trust? That's what many of us are worried about, after the Marissa's Bunny Foundation solicited donations from parents of kids with special needs for the chance to win iPads -- and those iPads never materialized....more
@Chrisphil129 I have publicly withdrawn my support for A4CWSN due to Gary's extremely ...more

Social Media Matters

This evening I was planning to go running with the Dashing Whippets, and do a fun (well, I guess that's a relative term) training workout involving intervals and lactate threshold and all that good stuff.  I got my running clothes on, filled my water bottle, and headed out to the bus stop...and the bus didn't come....more

Painting The Town

I'd only been to Portsmouth, NH, once before this holiday. So I wasn't sure if the amazing artwork painted on building around the town was a permanent feature or a special exhibition. A quick Google search on my return revealed that they were part of the Street a.k.a. Museum exhibit, curated by the Portsmouth Museum of Art....more